The City of Somerville will observe “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” this year on what is traditionally Columbus Day, Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced Thursday. In a lengthy Facebook post, Curtatone said the city will join other states and cities across the country that, on the second Monday in October, have recognized the native people who died following the European settlement of North America led by explorers like Christopher Columbus. Columbus Day, established as a federal holiday in 1937 “with the best of intentions,” Curtatone notes, is an outdated and oversimplified view of history, he wrote. “It’s been an issue we’ve given careful consideration, and many inside and outside our city have made compelling arguments for this change,” he wrote about the decision. “In fact, during the past year I received letters from East Somerville Community School students urging the change. One asked, ‘Why would we want to … [Read more...] about The City of Somerville will observe ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ on ‘Columbus Day’ this year, mayor says
The letter of intent
The signing ceremony. (Photo: CPV) The cooperation program will last one year. The document is the initial start for the cooperative relation between the two sides, of which activities will be realized in order to meet the requirements of the two parties; contributing to ensuring security and facilitating global trade. In the long term, both sides will discuss and agree to propose the Governments consider and approve the negotiation of Government-level agreements on mutual cooperation and administrative assistance in the customs field. The event is one of the highlights tightening the cooperative relations between Vietnam and the UK in all fields, on the occasion of celebrating the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-UK diplomatic ties. Over the past time, Vietnam-UK relations have developed positively, especially in economics and trade. In 2017, bilateral export turnover reached USD6.2 billion and increased regularly over the years. The UK is Vietnam’s third largest trade … [Read more...] about Vietnam, UK sign letter of intent on customs cooperation
Ivanka Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images Ivanka Trump pushed Michael Cohen to work with a Russian athlete to secure a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow, BuzzFeed reported. This was in 2015, during the height of her father's US presidential campaign. The former Olympic weightlifter, Dmitry Klokov, is said to have told Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Donald Trump, that he could set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting would clear the way for the real-estate deal. Cohen reportedly declined the offer, frustrating Ivanka Trump. The report says congressional and FBI investigators have reviewed emails detailing the interactions of Cohen, Ivanka Trump, and Klokov and asked witnesses about them. Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here. Ivanka Trump connected Michael Cohen with a Russian athlete, who offered to introduce Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday. The … [Read more...] about Ivanka Trump may soon be in the crosshairs of FBI and congressional investigators
Supported by Politics By MIKE McINTIRE, JIM RUTENBERG and MAGGIE HABERMANAPRIL 10, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story During the presidential campaign, Michael D. Cohen got a Google alert for a breaking story: “Russian President Vladimir Putin Praises Donald Trump as ‘Talented’ and ‘Very Colorful.’”For most American politicians, that article in December 2015 would hardly have been welcome news. But Mr. Cohen, whose role as personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump has been firmly rooted in the transactional world of his boss, saw opportunity. He emailed an old friend who had been talking about seeking Kremlin support to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and sent him the article.“Now is the time,” Mr. Cohen wrote. “Call me.”Mr. Cohen’s efforts put him under scrutiny in the Trump-Russia inquiries and hinted at the somewhat murky space he occupied in the Trump … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen, ‘Ultimate Trump Loyalist,’ Now in the Sights of the F.B.I.
POLITICS 04/04/2018 01:33 pm ET Updated 22 hours ago DeVos is meeting with proponents and critics of Obama-era guidance intended to stymie the school-to-prison pipeline. By Rebecca Klein 1.2k 38 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with a group of civil rights leaders, parents and teachers Wednesday morning to discuss the impact of Obama-era guidance that calls on schools to reduce their reliance on suspensions and to consider whether racial bias plays a role in their disciplinary practices. The examination of this guidance is part of DeVos’ work as leader of a new Federal Commission on School Safety, although she has reportedly been thinking for months about rescinding the guidance. Wednesday’s meeting, which took place on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., involved leaders in some of the country’s most prominent civil rights groups, including the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, the Leadership … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos Mulls The Fate Of Guidance Designed To Reduce Racial Bias In Schools